CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) – For months, seniors worried they might have a crisis of their own within the debt ceiling debate. They feared social security checks wouldn't go out on August 3rd. Now, that won't be the case.
This debt agreement has far-reaching consequences. It isn't only about the possibility of the country going into default. It boils down to the wallets of your parents and grandparents, who depend on the government for money to get by every single day.
The "what if's" of life are scary to think about when control is taken out of your hands and left up to Washington. What if politicians can't figure it out in time for the social security payment to come through on August 3rd?
"I'm quite dependent on my social security," said 92-year-old Shirley Gray.
For her and many residents at Elmcroft Assisted Living it was: what if I can't use that money to stay here? The thought brings tears to her eyes.
"I would have to move in with my daughter and I enjoy people and activities," she said.
89-year-old Grace Evans believes the stress was unnecessary.
"It is always that quality of scare tactics that's part of the political process," she explained.
The so-called "politics as usual" kept Elmcroft residents coming in and out of LuAnn Paul's office with lines of worry pressed deep into their faces.
'You don't get to be 70, 80, 90 without seeing things happen in the government and repeat itself," she said. "You know, history repeats itself. So I think they were all pretty set on this was so not necessary. It did not need to come to this stress level."
When we told them that concern could diminish and they'd get their checks on time, their joy was expressed simply.
"I would be very happy about that," said 86-year-old John Balke.
Payments for the rest of the month are expected on time, as well. In a statement this evening, the social security commissioner said he was pleased "the President and Congress were able to come together in a bipartisan fashion to avoid an interruption in payments."